Dear Soloists,

I will be holding this year’s Messiah soloist auditions on Saturday, November 1st from 1 to 3 PM. Please contact me to get an audition time slot.

The auditions will be adjudicated by Lynnette Schlep, Stacey Weiss & myself. The accompanist will be Kevin Kaukl. I didn’t ask Kevin about this in advance, but I would suppose that he *may* be willing to rehearse with you for a fee. His e-mail address is Please do not write to him and ask him to do it for free.

Like last year, I will be looking to engage 2 soloists per voice part and divide the 4 concerts between them. Each soloist will do ALL of the solo repertoire for their voice part at each of the 2 concerts to which they are assigned. Since that is the case, I would like to hear the most difficult aria from each voice part, as follows:

“Rejoice Greatly” for the Soprano audition (Remember, we use the 4/4 version, not the 6/8 “Irish Washerwoman” version!)
“O Thou That Tellest” for the Alto audition
“Ev’ry Valley” for the Tenor Audition
“But Who May Abide” for the bass audition.

I hope you will consider auditioning and I look forward to working with you this coming concert season! Espressivo!

~Paul Dankers
Music Director